Armed homeowner holds two Georgia fugitives until authorities arrive

Kristopher Drake
June 20, 2017

The pair of inmates stole the couple's auto and a chase with authorities ensued.

It was the first of four cars they stole on the run, authorities said.

The man credited by law enforcement with holding two Georgia prison escapees at gunpoint says he's no hero.

Police officers then engaged in a pursuit with a vehicle they believed to be Rowe and Dubose on Interstate 24.

"Earlier tonight, with the assistance of our law enforcement partners in Tennessee, unsafe fugitives were captured and taken into custody", said Deal. The fugitives still had the slain officers guns. That is when officials realized they were the inmates that escaped from Georgia.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, citing Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernan Keenan, reported that gunshots were fired.

This is a good time for all area residents to again thank all law enforcement personnel for the job they do in keeping the public safe from hardened criminals like Dubose and Rowe and in bringing them to justice. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said he wasn't sure who would get the reward.

The two escapees are believed to have been in this area, because Donnie Russell Rowe is from Lewisburg.

"The burden of danger is off", he concluded, "and that is the greatest relief of all".

"They then disarmed them and one of the subjects shot and killed both guards", Howard R. Sills, the Putnam County sheriff, said in a statement earlier this week.

Earlier Thursday, officials said bluntly that they had no idea where the fugitives had gone.

The fugitives were taken to the Rutherford County jail, and in a hearing on Friday, wearing orange jumpsuits and surrounded by officers, they waived their right to challenge their extraditions to Georgia. They were not hurt in the pursuit with police and will be extradited back to Georgia in the near future.


Word of the arrests came as the families of the corrections officers, Christopher Monica, 42, and Curtis Billue, 58, were planning their funerals.

"I'm sorry it ever happened", he said. "They weren't injured but I can assure you that they were traumatized by these hoodlums coming into their home. My sympathies to the families".

With deputies in hot pursuit, the suspects left the weapons they had stolen from their guards in the couple's wrecked auto, and ran through trees to Hale's property.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal ® commended the "tireless efforts" of law enforcement that led to the capturing of these "dangerous fugitives".

Friends, relatives and known acquaintances had been interviewed.

Hours before their capture, Putnam County, Georgia, Sheriff Howard Sills said the public was in "grave danger" and that authorities did not know where the risky inmates were.

The chase began after DuBose and Rowe - twice cellmates at Baldwin State Prison - overpowered two correctional officers during a routine transport. The pair then carjacked a driver who pulled up behind the bus, and fled in his Honda Civic down state Highway 16 in Putnam County, southeast of Atlanta.

Thirty-one other inmates remained on the bus, idling along the side of the highway.

"We need the eyes and ears of everybody really in this country to be on the lookout for these two individuals", Sills said earlier today.

Both inmates have lengthy criminal records.

Rowe is serving life without parole for armed robbery, the department of corrections said, and Dubose is serving a 20-year sentence for armed robbery.

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